Join us for our fourth seminar in the HGC Seminar Series on 6th October 2023 at 4 pm in K/159 in the Kings Manor

“Sustainability and the Crisis of Inheritance: Heritage Making in ‘End Times’”
Dr Colin Sterling, University of Amsterdam

This wide-ranging talk will address the profound shifts currently occurring within and beyond the heritage field in response to environmental breakdown and the climate crisis. Drawing on a series of recent and ongoing projects (both teaching and research) related to museums, sustainability, ecology and critical heritage – and building on theoretical insights from multiple disciplines – the talk will argue that thinking differently about inheritance and heritage making can help us to understand and potentially confront the enormous challenges of a warming world. To develop this argument, I critically engage with the problematic trope of “end times” – a thematic that, I suggest, can tell us much about the limitations of mainstream sustainability discourse and clarify the need for new heritage paradigms fit for an era of compound intersecting transitions (social, environmental, technological and political).

Author Biography

Colin Sterling is Assistant Professor of Memory and Museums at the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches across heritage and memory, museum studies and artistic research. Colin’s research critically examines heritage and museums through the lens of art and ecology. He is the author of Heritage, Photography, and the Affective Past (Routledge, 2020) and co-editor of Deterritorializing the Future: Heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2020). He is co-editor of the journal Museums & Social Issues.